Monday, October 31, 2016

Pin It Weekly #176

A few pins from new followers!

First up:  Zwigil Monari's DIY board.

    Black and red ukulele appliqué tote bag with bird print:


    Love Tower Pillow Cover:
    This would be soo easy to make. Picture frame with wood slats. Nail polish holder.:

    scrappy patchwork potholder


    Gummy Bear Popsicles ~ Gummy Bears & Sprite... What little kid wouldn’t love a Popsicle filled with gummy bears? These are so fun yet so easy to make!:

    Pizza Muffins:

    and from Donna Fuchs' paper-mache' board 

    Juliana Bollini. I love her art!:

    paper clay over detergent bottles:

    Papie Mache, craft room by Veronica Piedrahita:

    This is last week's Pin It Weekly, so if all goes well, I'll have another later in the week (with requisite apology)

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Little Ones

    nice Cheerily 'The Snuggle Is Real' Tee // ProperHunt... by

    You know you're getting close to retiring when former students become co-workers. When they begin having children in multiples, it's so much more fun. For me, it's a reason to continue working. For a little while anyway. I need time to get used to the idea of watching these children grow up on Facebook. So in honor of my "month of many children," let's be inspired by new babies.

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    INS large elephant pillows cushion baby plush toy stuffed animal kids gift #Unbranded:

    This baby naps so hard the mom dresses them up in a variety of costume.:

    Look at this Lil Miss Sweet Pea Lavender Floral Lace Wrap & Hydrangea Headband on #zulily today!:

    Ultra Soft,Cute and Warm Hooded Animal Sleeper

    Carter's Baby Boys' or Baby Girls' 3-Piece Little Lamb Cardigan, T-Shirt & Pants Set

    What a difference between this sentient being & the sentient being, the calf, pictured to the left. One is the recipient of loving care by its parents, & the other is considered merely a commodity by its owner who has no moral hesitancy in making a living as a monster.:

    Trendy Swaddle Blankets! 24 New Patterns! | $11.99 on #newborn #baby #giftidea:

    So now that you're quilts!

    Homemade baby boy crib quilt - Nautical themed shark quilt or blanket - Bedding - Custom made to order:

    Patchwork Heart Baby Quilt Pattern:

    Mint, navy, grey and mint baby quilt with deer by Twin City Quilt Co. Available for purchase via request.:

    baby alabama quilts | Roll Tide and welcome baby Joseph!:

    Yellow Nautical Baby Quilts nautical baby by BabyQuiltsbyRomiW:

    Baby Farm Quilt                                                                                                                                                                                 More:

    Baby Quilt, Boy, Moose, Bow and Arrow, Stag, Woodland,Birch Forest, Deer, Navy, Mint, Gray, Modern,Crib Bedding, Baby Bedding, Children:

    Another view of my ocean- themed baby quilt for our lil' Hawaiian baby ~ by Terri Reveles:

    The Nifty Stitcher: Scrappy Strings Baby Quilt:

    Tamarack Shack: Out of the Blue Quilt.  great kids quilt both in applique and appropriate quilting.:

    Owl Quilt I really want to try and make this if I ever get a nephew or a boy of my own. I would love to do a childrens room in a forest / earthy / nature theme:

    baby quilt patterns | ... up! You'll have a grand ol' time making this charming baby quilt:

    Aren't you inspired? I think I want to start a new quilt for one of those new babies!

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Macy's Memories ~~ Quilt Top Finish!

    A customer had an idea: make a memory quilt from her daughter's elementary and middle school tee shirts. There certainly are enough tee shirts for a throw-size quilt and she can use it while in high school--until she collects enough tees from BHS to make yet another quilt. 

    Mom has also decided that when Macy gets old enough to leave the nest, and likely won't want the quilt, she will keep it a memento of her daughter's youth and innocence. How awesome is that! 

    I've been working on this quilt in bits and pieces between all of those crazy Halloween projects that got thrown at me this week. I'd cut the tees last week and decided how they'd fit together. I ended up with five columns of about five tees each.

    Stitching them was straight-forward, and it went together seemingly quickly. I am anxious to get it on the long-arm. However, I have to wait a bit. It's possible that there will be additional items added to the quilt, and I want to save the negative space for those. Perhaps Sunday afternoon. We'll see how things go this weekend.

    Taking photos this morning was a bit of a challenge. I like dappled sunlight in a photo but have read that good photographers avoid it. So what to do on a bright autumn day? Throw the quilt in tree and snap. There will be chances to take good pics when the quilt is finished, don't you think? What do you do about dappled sunlight? 

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    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Halloween Hauntings

    This entire week seems to have been the week of last minutes. You know, the kind of requests that are from crazy other people and are needed Right. Now. Please!  

    It started with Jenny's needing a hand-decorated tee shirt for Marley. It ended with Grandmay being said hand-decorator. Tuesday they started looking at Pinterest ideas. They needed it today for a school contest. 

    Marley wanted something in this vein, so Wednesday Jen picked up some Halloween fabric in a deep purple with spiders. 

    Making the m was relatively stressful easy using my ruler to make sure I got the wide letter they wanted. I simply ironed on a bit of fusible web, cut out the letter and pressed it onto the shirt so that I could easily stitch it down. It was finished with a day to spare. The end result is pretty good, except that Marley demanded wanted a girly bow. Marley got a &*O% red bow and everyone is happy.

    Sorry that you really can't see the shirt because of the bunting. That was last night's project--in preparation for the hayride planned for Monday night's trick or treating. Note: again, Grandmay is ahead of the game.

    Jen bought a panel of Halloween bunting pieces. At first I had plans to sew a backing to the individual bunting pieces, but I decided to just cut them apart and sew them to double fold bias tape. 

    I happened to have a four yard pack of orange. Not enough. So I added some green. It doesn't work so well, but this is a one-time use project, and they were thrilled with the outcome. They are easy to please, aren't they?

    It's one very long banner of about 5 yards, so decorating a trailer may be challenging, but we already have an idea or two that may work. 

    Tonight Dusti and her boyfriend showed up for a few minutes with a quick request: Grandmay, I need a tee shirt that looks like "Thing 1" for work tomorrow. What!?! Are you serious? So much for staying ahead.

    Luckily, she meant she had the tee shirt and an iron on and needed an iron. And an ironer. But being the ironer was not a big deal after the shock of thinking that she wanted me to sew a shirt tonight. I think she may have suckered played me, but I can't say for certain.

    I'll leave you with pictures of a few of the Jack-O-Lanterns that students painted for the annual contest at school. They are in a display case in the art classroom, so the pictures are a bit blurred, but you can see enough to know that our students are pretty artistic and resourceful. (And maybe a bit competitive.)

    What have you been doing to prepare for Halloween? 

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